Six Pillars Broward County 2014 First Annual Report to the Community Released

Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief speaks about Six Pillars Broward County 2014 Report to the Community

Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief speaks about Six Pillars Broward County 2014 Report to the Community

Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca co-chaired the Six Pillars Steering Committee.

Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca co-chaired the Six Pillars Steering Committee.

DATE: Feb. 21, 2014
CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission
PHONE: 954-357-8053

BROWARD COUNTY, FLA - Broward County Commissioners were in attendance today for the release of the Broward County 2014 First Annual Six Pillars Report to the Community.  The three-year long project involved numerous county and city leaders, business organizations and volunteers charged with developing a visioning plan through the year 2030. An implementation plan with action steps was incorporated into the report.  The Six Pillars framework was set by the Florida Chamber Foundation as a strategic planning tool.  

Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca co-chaired the Six Pillars Steering Committee. The report incorporated research to determine metrics that compared Broward to six other urban counties.  The identified counties were Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Orange, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Duval. 

“Many people have been involved in the Six Pillars effort over the years, including 350 community volunteers.  I would like to thank you for your hard word participation,” said Commissioner LaMarca. 

The Six Pillars identify critical factors determining Florida’s future and that of its communities.  The topical areas were Talent Supply and Education, Innovation and Economic Development, Infrastructure and Growth Leadership, Business Climate and Competitiveness, Civic and Governance Systems and Quality of Life and Quality Places. 

“Many of the successes in the Six Pillars plan showcase Broward County’s accomplishments over the past year including successes in transportation, the environment, at Port Everglades, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Broward County Courthouse and in growing jobs working with our partner, The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance,” said Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief.   Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness also attended the event, joining an audience of nearly four hundred people gathered at Broward College North Campus.

Overall Broward excelled in many areas such as low unemployment, where at 5-percent, has remained the lowest unemployment rate among large urban counties in Florida for more than a year.  Broward also came in at the top under Health status, with nearly 86 percent of those surveyed reported being good, very good or in superior health.  Waste generation was also a number one category for Broward, with our population reporting the lowest score at 6.7 pounds per day. Orange County rated the highest with 10.5 pounds per day.  Broward rated high in home ownership, coming in at third with 67 % of the population owning homes and was ranked fifth for foreclosure filings per 100,000 residents, coming in slightly higher than Palm Beach and Orange Counties but lower than the others.

Categories where Broward ranked second of the seven counties included adults twenty-five years or older who held a Bachelor’s Degree or higher (29.9%), eighth grade math and reading performance with 34 percent and 31 percent scoring four or five out of five on the FCAT.   Broward County also had the second highest number of business establishments with a total of 55,700.  The County also had the second lowest percentage of people living below the poverty level at 13.5 percent, with Miami-Dade scoring highest at 19.1 percent.  When it came to land conservation, Broward came in at 62-percent, second only to Miami-Dade at 67-percent. 

The Six Pillars implementation process began last year in Broward County and numerous partnerships among community organizations and government agencies formed developing tactics targeted to build upon Broward County’s strengths and develop strategies to overcome problem areas.

Problem areas noted in the report included wages, where Broward ranked fifth lowest of the seven counties with an average salary of $46,300, compared with top ranking Duval County at $48,500. Broward was also second to last in voter turnout (66.8% in 2012) and charitable giving per capita at $3,400 per capita.  Broward also had the second highest number of uninsured at 22-percent with Miami-Dade first at 29-percent.

A copy of the entire 2014 Six Pillars Report to the Community and additional information is available at  


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